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Old 11-27-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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Default Marine Ball question

The Marine Ball has been held in Greenville for the past couple of years. I don't know the history of it in Greenville. But my question is why do they hold it in Greenville? Greenville is ~1hr40min from Jacksonville. But Wilmington is only 1hr10min. Heck Raleigh is 2hrs and Myrtle Beach is 2hr30min. I love Greenville, but if I had to pick one of those four cities, Greenville would be 3rd or 4th. So does anyone know why Greenville is the city?
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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The convention center was probably the nicest place they could reserve for that date with enough hotel capacity.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:14 AM
 
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There are around 40K Marines in Jacksonville, not to mention approx another 15K in Havelock. There is not one Marine Corps Ball but several, as every unit has their own ball. Though I've seen balls that may combine two or three units. The Ball season is pretty limited, going from the beginning of November to the week before Thanksgiving, with Veterans day thrown into the middle of that. There are simply not enough places in an around Jacksonville to accomadate that many people. There are Balls in Raleigh, there are Balls in WIlmington, and there are Balls in Greenville.

Even the Ball that Justin Timberlake attended was in Richmond but the Marines were based in Quantico which is part of the DC Metro area.

Here is an article referencing a ball in Wilmington:
On Small Business Saturday, a Cinderella story in Malvern - People - Main Line Media News

Edit: In addition to the aforementioned numbers you have to add their dates as well

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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I didn't put 2 and 2 together. It would be impossible to have just one Marine Ball for all of Camp Lejeune. I just wrongly, again, assumed that. Thanks
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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I think there might be more than one. I know one is held in Myrtle Beach as well.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Yeah each unit has their own ball. When I was in our unit had its own Ball and decided where/when to have it. Some units even had their Ball's in October or after Christmas depending on when they had deployments or training scheduled. There's a ton of units in Jacksonville so I guess space and locations are limited.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:36 PM
 
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Does anyone know where the 2 8 Camp LeJunene ball will be held on November 3, 2012?
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:35 AM
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I would expect if there are any reserve units in Greenville, that the ball might be for them. They are held, at the unit level, mostly, and range from really big to pretty small, I doubt there is a marine unit in the country that does not have one.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I've attended Marine Corps Balls in Lejeune, Raleigh and Myrtle Beach. It seems that each battalion chooses a location each year to fit their numbers and needs. Obviously with so many balls going on- one venue just couldn't handle the lot of them.
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